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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


CHAPA Action Alert! Ask Your State Legislators to Co-Sponsor Bills to Support Affordable Housing, Homelessness Prevention, & Community Development! - January 31, 2017

As the new legislative session begins, we ask for you to please reach out to your State Representative and State Senator to ask them to co-sponsor key bills in support of CHAPA’s Legislative Agenda for affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and community development in Massachusetts.

CHAPA 2016 Annual Report - January 30, 2017

Our 2016 Annual Report is out! Thank you for your partnership and strong support as we advocate for safe, healthy, and affordable homes for all.

White House Issues “Regulatory Freeze” - January 26, 2016

On January 20, the White House issued a memo ordering an immedi

CHAPA Mourns the Loss of our First Director, Bob McKay - January 24, 2017

CHAPA mourns the loss of our first Director, Bob McKay, who passed away at age 91. Bob was a passionate advocate for affordable housing and low income tenants throughout his long and distinguished career. He was key to launching the affordable housing movement in Boston and throughout the state in the mid-1960s. A consummate networker, he kept CHAPA at the forefront of a changing housing arena for 20 years. Many former and current CHAPA members owe their involvement in the field to Bob. He will be missed.  

The Kuehn Charitable Foundation Announces the Opening of the 2017-2019 Kuehn Fellowship Application Process - January 12, 2017

The Kuehn Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of its application process for the 2017-2019 Kuehn Fellowship.  The Fellowship offers a two-year placement with paid stipend ($65,000) at one of seven active Greater Boston area housing nonprofits. There is additional support for launching a career in affordable housing development from the Fellow cohort and alumni, an individual mentor and monthly Fellow gatherings. The goals of the program are to both interest young people in the field and add capacity to the Massachusetts housing community.

CHAPA Housing Briefs - January 12, 2017

Read CHAPA's January Housing Briefs for state updates, federal updates, and recent research and reports!


Hearing Jan. 12 on Nomination of HUD Secretary-Designate Dr. Benjamin Carson - January 6, 2017

The COMMITTEE ON BANKING, HOUSING, AND URBAN AFFAIRS will meet in OPEN SESSION to conduct a hearing on the nomination of Secretary-Designate Dr. Benjamin Carson, of Michigan, to be Secretary of the U.S.

Video Available from New England Housing Network Federal Forum: What will the Trump Administration and Congress do about the unmet need for affordable housing in our country?

Thank you to everyone who attended last week's New England Housing Network Federal Forum and discussed how to work together to advocate for affordable housing in the Trump Administration. The video from the forum is now available! For the video and additional materials from the event, visit

We also want to say a special thank you to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston for hosting, to our national and New England speakers, and to our event sponsors!

National Speakers:

MCBC Announces Release of Changing Patterns XXIII - December 21, 2016

In Changing Patterns XXIII the Massachusetts Community & Banking Council (MCBC) offers information on patterns of mortgage lending in the City of Boston, in Greater Boston, in Massachusetts, and in thirty-six large cities and towns. Specifically, the report examines: